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Oristano In Your Pocket
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In Loving Memory
Oristano might not be Sardinia’s most famous city, or indeed its biggest.However, these facts only serve to make it even more impressive quite how much this beautiful little city and its surrounding area have to oﬀer.Within a relatively small space you can ﬁnd everything from buzzing urban centres to tranquil beaches, innova-tive gastronomy to ancient ruins. A more varied place would be very hard to ﬁnd indeed.Oristano is rich in history and culture and this is reﬂected both in the city sights and in its atmosphere. Within the historic centre there are several beautiful churches repre-senting diﬀerent eras of history and diﬀerent architectural styles. Besides churches, there are plenty of other examples of wonderful architecture and design such as the towers of the old city walls or the palaces of piazza Eleonora. The narrow, winding streets are ﬁlled with shops selling jewellery, clothing, gifts and food and there is a refresh-ing lack of large chain stores here, giving way to a more artisan, more personal way of doing things. In the cafés and piazzas locals and visitors alike sit and chat animat-edly at all hours of the day, creating a friendly, welcoming ambience that can be felt all around the city.For the gourmets among you, this is certainly the right place. Locals pride themselves on their delicious, gutsy cuisine and excellent
wine. Given the proxim-ity to the sea and Oristano’s heritage, ﬁsh and seafood feature heavily in the local dishes, and such tasty and fresh seafood as this it would be hard to ﬁnd elsewhere. Those with a sweeter tooth will be very well served by the beautiful little local cakes and pastries, as much a pleasure to the eye as to the stomach.Whilst visiting Oristano in the summer has obvious ad-vantages, it is truly a place with perennial appeal. The most palpable example of this is on the last Sunday be-fore Lent, when Sa Sartiglia is held. This is a tradition that has been going for centuries, having grown in strength during the dark years of Spanish rule as a way for the lo-cal population to maintain and manifest their identity.However, there is plenty to come and see in Oristano. With all its diverse traditions, sights and customs it truly is one of Sardinia’s greatest assets, and is waiting with open arms for you to explore all the fantastic things it has to oﬀer!
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ARRIVING BY PLANE
Since the closure of Oristano-Fenosu Airport in 2010, Oristano is served by Cagliari-Elmas Airport, situated 92km south of the city.
It is the biggest and busiest airport in Sardinia, well con-nected to most major Italian and European destinations. It has car rental kiosks, ATMs, Wi-Fi, a tourist information desk (open 09:00 - 19:00), conference facilities, a phar-macy and a small selection of shops and food outlets. The cheapest and easiest way to Oristano is to take a
. The railway station can be found by exiting the arrival hall and following the signs. Trains to Oristano depart up to two times per hour between 06:45 and 20:40. The trip takes 1 hour and costs €5.45. Cagliari-Elmas airport is also linked to Oristano by a daily
run by Fara Viaggi. It leaves the bus station at 05:15 and the airport at 23:30. The journey lasts 1h 15mins. Ticket costs €12.
via dei Trasvolatori, Elmas, tel. (+39) 070 21 12 11, fax (+39) 070 24 10 13, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cagliariairport.it.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Trenitalia serves Cagliari-Elmas Airport (a c. 1hr journey) and all major Sardinian destinations, such as Cagliari (c. 1hr 15mins), Sassari (c. 2hrs), Olbia (c. 2hrs 30mins) and Porto Torres (c. 3hrs).
TRAIN STATION STAZIONE FERROVIARIA
Oristano’s train station is a little far out from the city centre but easily linked to it by the local buses (take the red or green lines to piazza Mariano). It’s fairly small and thus very easy to navi-gate, and timetables are clearly displayed both on paper and electronic screens. As well as a ticket oﬃce, there is a multi-lin-gual ticket machine which is very easy to use. There is
no left luggage
facility (the nearest is at the bus station) but there is a newsagent, a bar, toilets and a waiting room.
L-8/9, piazza Ungheria, tel. 199 89 20 21, www.trenitalia.it. Ticket oﬃce open 06:20 - 20:15. You can also buy tickets at the bar (open 06:00 - 22:00) and at the newsagent.
Credit cards accepted
No credit cards
Facilities for the disabled
Old town location
Is Arutas Beach © Provincia di Oristano